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IFF21 Hidden Away

18+ 120 MIN
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Winner of the Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear, Elio Germano delivers a knockout performance in Hidden Away, an authentic and visionary portrait of the exceptional artist Antonio Ligabue.

The son of an emigrant Italian mother, Toni (Elio Germano, Bad Tales IFF20) is deported from Switzerland after his mother’s death. Sent to Italy against his will, he lives for years in abject poverty on the banks of the river Po, with no fixed abode and little work, but remaining true to his great passion for drawing.

Meeting the sculptor Renato Marino Mazzacurati sets him on the path to liberation as he convinces him to take up painting. Marginalised and often mocked, Ligabue becomes an imaginative artist who paints a fantasy world of tigers, gorillas and jaguars.

Delving into the artist’s dark side and horrific visions, but also his need to be understood and acknowledged, director Giorgio Diritti delivers a passionate biopic about Antonio Ligabue, a revolutionary loner in modern art.


WINNER – Berlin International Film Festival 2020, Best Actor 

WINNER (x6) – David di Donatello Awards 2021 incl. Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography 

WINNER – Golden Globes Italy 2020, Best Film, Best Cinematography 

WINNER – Nastro d’Argento Awards 2020, Film of the Year 

WINNER – European Film Awards 2020, European Cinematographer, European Costume Designer 


"Impressive. The definitive biopic of Antonio Ligabue."

- Hollywood Reporter

Movie Information

Release date

Wednesday 20th October


120 min




Elio Germano, Oliver Ewy, Leonardo Carrozzo, Pietro Traldi


Giorgio Diritti


Film Festival


Italian with English subtitles

Participating Cinemas

Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace James Street, Palace Barracks, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Verona, Palace Westgarth, Pentridge Cinema, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Central Sydney, Kino Cinema, Palace Raine Square